With its best academic results to date, a ranking in the top ten schools in the UK, a record number of leavers going to the most prestigious universities, luxurious boarding and school facilities you can see why Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate near York is celebrating.
In a recent report by the Independent Schools Inspectorate, Queen Ethelburga’s students were assessed to be “highly confident, articulate and mature young people, eager to learn, with highly developed spiritual, moral, social skills and exceptional cultural understanding.”
In its 2012 academic results, Queen Ethelburga’s College recorded an average UCAS points score of 491, the equivalent to more than 4 A grades at A-Level. 93% of its A-Level grades were A* to B. 98% of its Sixth Formers went on to university or college, the majority attending Russell or 1994 Group or City universities.
Set in more than 200 acres of beautiful North Yorkshire countryside Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate comprises of four schools: Chapter House, King’s Magna, the College and the Faculty.
The Preparatory School, Chapter House, offers the youngest members of the Collegiate a wide and exciting curriculum, including not just the basics of literacy and numeracy, but languages, music, drama, science and sport.
Moving on to the Middle School, King’s Magna, the curriculum broadens even more, with students gaining confidence through independent learning and additional responsibilities afforded them with age.
The College offers older students a more traditional academic focused route through the school. Last year a record number of College leavers went on to excellent universities, including Cambridge.
Students in the Faculty will study a varied and bespoke programme of learning, allowing them to combine A-Levels with more vocational and creative BTEC subjects. 91% of all BTECs taken at QE in 2012 gained Distinction or Distinction * grades.
If the academic side of things sounds impressive, the facilities for students are amazing. The boarding bedrooms are some of the most luxurious in the independent school sector and the en-suite bedrooms boast plasma screen televisions with dvd players and gaming ports, direct dial telephones and air conditioning.
The sports complex has a swimming pool with sauna, steam rooms and Jacuzzi. There is a massive triple-court sports hall which can accommodate multiple games at the same time. The new £1 million state-of-the-art fitness suite has just opened and can take up to 100 students exercising together, and of course there is also the Royal Court Equestrian Centre, for those pupils with a passion for ponies.
Over £65 million has been invested into the campus over the last five years and with a new activity complex hosting a go-kart track, climbing tower, assault course, BMX track, animal centre and karaoke café. The investment never stops.